Call for Papers SPT 2011: Technology and Security (17th International Conference of the Society for Philosophy and Technology)

Call for Papers

SPT 2011: Technology and Security

17th International Conference of  the Society for Philosophy and Technology

May 26-29, 2011

University of North Texas
Denton, TX, USA

Deadline for abstracts: November 1, 2010

SPT 2011 welcomes high quality papers and panel proposals in all areas of philosophy of technology. Given the focus of this year’s conference, papers and panels dealing with technology and security are especially welcomed. We encourage submissions from an interdisciplinary spectrum, including but not limited to philosophers, engineers, natural scientists, historians, social scientists, and those involved in public or private policymaking. SPT 2011 tracks:

Security technology 1: Information, surveillance, and cyber security
Security technology 2: Environmental and agricultural security
Security technology 3: Terrorism, warfare, and emerging military technologies
Development and globalization
Technology, justice, and the good life
Sustainable technologies, energy, and built environments
Philosophy of engineering and design
Ethics and Technology
Philosophy/history of technology
Technology, gender, and culture
Biomedical technology, health, and enhancement
Religion and technology
Media and communication technology
Emerging and converging science and technology
Technologies of self and consciousness: drugs, exercise, meditation
Reflective engineering
Papers will be accepted on the basis of a submitted abstract, which will be refereed. An abstract must be between 500 and 750 words in length (references excluded) and submitted via email ( as embedded plain text or an attachment in RTF, WORD, or PDF format. It should also contain the name and number of the track to which the abstract is submitted. If an abstract does not seem to fit with any track, simply note that with the submission. All submissions are welcome, and authors should not feel constrained by the tracks. Abstracts must be submitted no later than November 1, 2010. Authors will be informed of the decision of the referees by January 1, 2011.

Paper presentations will be 30 minutes, divided into 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion.

Panel Proposals. We will also accept proposals for panel discussions, to be submitted to by November 1, 2010. Panel proposals must be between 500 and 1,000 words in length, include a statement of the general topic, and an overview of the specific questions or issues to be addressed. In addition, the proposal should include a list of the panelists involved, their expertise in this area, and whether they have indicated that they are willing to participate.

Keynote speakers: TBD

Plenary sessions: TBD

SPT presidential address: Philip Brey, University of Twente, title TBD

Co-Directors: Adam Briggle and David Kaplan, University of North Texas

Keep checking the conference website at for further updates and information about the conference.

Conference email address:

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